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Ex-Wife Loses Appeal in $1B Divorce

Sue Ann Hamm cashed $974M check, court notes

(Newser) - In a sign that the "billion dollar divorce" saga might actually be over before the only billionaires involved are lawyers, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled against Sue Ann Hamm, the ex-wife of oil tycoon Harold Hamm. In a 7-2 decision, the court decided that since Sue Ann Hamm... More »

Judge: Go Ahead, Serve Divorce Papers on Facebook

Woman can't find husband, so she's allowed to send summons via social media

(Newser) - A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via Facebook. Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message, New York Daily News , which will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks... More »

Robin Thicke's Divorce (Almost) Final

Judge grants divorce to him and Paula Patton

(Newser) - Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are another step closer to divorce. The actress was granted a divorce Tuesday from the "Blurred Lines" singer in Los Angeles. Their legal split will go into effect April 14. The 39-year-old actress and 38-year-old singer, who have a 4-year-old son, announced they were... More »

Billionaire's Divorce Details: $82K on Groceries

Ken Griffin says wife Anne Dias wants $24K a year for stationery

(Newser) - Chicago hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin and his money manager wife are embroiled in a contentious divorce, and the couple's battles over money had CNBC last month asking, "How can three kids under age 10 cost $1 million a month?" That after court papers indicated Anne Dias Griffin... More »

$975M Check Not Enough to End Divorce Fight

Sue Ann Arnall vows to keep fighting ex Harold Hamm

(Newser) - First Sue Ann Arnall seemed to reject a check for $974,790,317.77 from ex-husband Harold Hamm, because she said she was due more in her divorce settlement from the oil magnate. Then she cashed the check , and the world wondered whether that meant the epic divorce battle was... More »

Billionaire's Ex Rejects Check for Nearly $1B

Because Sue Ann Arnall says oil tycoon Harold Hamm owes her even more

(Newser) - If nothing else, the not-so-amicable divorce negotiations between oil tycoon Harold Hamm and ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall have produced one of the most remarkable checks you'll ever see. On Jan. 5, the CEO of Continental Resources wrote one out to Arnall for $974,790,317.77, reports CNNMoney . Arnall,... More »

Marital Problems? They Don't Go Away

That doesn't mean the problems worsen, but the satisfaction does

(Newser) - Want to live happily ever after with your partner? Consider this: Both the number and severity of a couple's problems remain steady over time, according to a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology . But what does worsen over time is the satisfaction level as those problems... More »

Judge Grants First Gay Divorce in Florida

But the milestone will likely be appealed

(Newser) - A judge in Florida made a little history today by granting the state's first divorce of a gay couple, reports the AP . But because the decision involves two different states and pending appeals, thing get convoluted in the way that only gay-marriage cases can. In today's court hearing,... More »

Wife Who Got $1B in Divorce: Not Enough

Sue Ann Hamm plans to appeal

(Newser) - In the everything's-relative department: A judge this week awarded Sue Ann Hamm $995 million, along with assets including a ranch and a home in Oklahoma, in her divorce from oil magnate hubby Harold. Her response: It's nowhere near enough, reports Reuters . Hamm plans to appeal, arguing that the... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Accused of Rape Now Divorced

Molly and Mayo Shattuck, married 17 years, have lived apart for more than a year

(Newser) - The former Ravens cheerleader charged with raping a 15-year-old boy is now officially divorced. Molly and Mayo Shattuck, married for 17 years, have lived apart for more than a year, reports the Baltimore Sun ; the couple filed for divorce on Sept. 29, a judge signed the final order on Nov.... More »

Man Escapes Alimony After Wife Admits She's a Genie

So rules a court in United Arab Emirates

(Newser) - This story about a divorce in the United Arab Emirates begins in not-so-unusual fashion: A wife refuses to sleep with her husband, and he is not pleased. Then it gets weird: She tells him to talk to her parents, who explain that their daughter can't have sex with him... More »

Vatican Warming Toward Gay and Divorced Catholics

Synod urges Church to appreciate 'positive aspects of civil unions,' 'gifts' of gay Catholics

(Newser) - The Vatican, in the latest sign that this is not your daddy's Catholic Church , appears to be opening its arms to gay and divorced Catholics, urging its priests to make "courageous pastoral choices" that are inclusive to a bevy of family models outside the traditional one. The shift... More »

Pope Marries Couples Who Were Living in Sin

Marriage is 'real life, not some TV show,' he says

(Newser) - Telling his audience that marriage is "real life, not some TV show," Pope Francis today married a somewhat risque group—by Catholic Church standards, anyway—of 20 couples that included a guy who annulled his first marriage, the mother of an out-of-wedlock daughter, and couples who were already... More »

TV Writer Divorces: OITNB Helped Me Realize I'm Gay

Lauren Morelli is now dating one of the show's female stars

(Newser) - It's a tale of divorce and romance that seems like only Hollywood could invent, and it kind of did: A female writer for the TV show Orange Is the New Black has split from her husband of two years because she says the show helped her realize she was... More »

Genetic Test Results: 1 Half-Brother, 1 Divorce

Biologist cautions that surprise revelations can destroy families

(Newser) - As a biologist, George Doe got seriously geeked out about the idea of having his own genome read. So much so that he bought kits from a company called 23andMe for his parents, too. The upside is that they learned all kinds of details about their family ancestry and health... More »

In Marriage, Short Guys Keep the Girl

New research shows they get divorced at vastly lower rates

(Newser) - The short guy doesn't always get the girl, but when he does, he usually gets to keep her. So says a new study in the National Bureau of Economic Research , which found that short guys, defined as those shorter than 5-foot-7, are about 18% less likely to marry than... More »

Anti-Gay Leader's Wife Left Him for a Woman

Lone Star Q reports on Jonathan Saenz's transformation to 'homophobic firebrand'

(Newser) - Jonathan Saenz had been a nondescript conservative lobbyist in Texas—until he learned of his wife's lesbian relationship, Lone Star Q reports. After the revelation, he became one of his state's "most extreme" anti-gay voices, writes John Wright. Specifically, Saenz became president of the Texas Values group,... More »

'Most Expensive Divorce in History' Ordered

Russian tycoon has to pay ex-wife $4.5B

(Newser) - Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian oligarch so wealthy that his daughter Ekaterina bought New York City's most expensive apartment to use when she visits the city, is about to lose a huge chunk of his riches. After a six-year legal battle, a Swiss court has ordered the billionaire to give... More »

Sterling Admits Divorce, Calls Galpal 'Animal' in Bed

Oh, and he did 'nothing wrong' so won't pay fine

(Newser) - Donald Sterling has confirmed he and wife Shelly are indeed heading for divorce —but USA Today reports Shelly may be holding back the papers as leverage in the fight for her share of the LA Clippers. "I've destroyed her life," Sterling told CNN 's Anderson... More »

Pope Bends Divorce Rules for Woman: Reports

But Vatican says it's not a shift in church policy on taking communion

(Newser) - Word has it that the pope told a woman in Argentina it was OK to take communion, even though she was married to a man who'd been divorced. The reports have prompted questions about whether the Catholic Church is changing its teachings on the matter—but the Vatican says... More »

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